A Trail for Generations

The Forest Lake Area Trail System (FLATS), an all-volunteer community organization, was formed in April 2009 to support the development, use, and maintenance of trails in Adair County.

Our goal is to construct a 4-mile, paved multi-use trail system connecting Thousand Hills State Park and the City of Kirksville, Missouri.

Construction has started on Phase 3.1, an ADA-compliant hard surface trail that travels west from the corner of North Osteopathy and West Missouri Streets for 0.7 miles in the woods along West  Missouri. 

Missouri State Parks is finalizing construction documents for Phase 2, a 0.79 mile concrete path that connects the north end of Phase 1 to Campground #1. 

Phase 1, a 0.62 mile eight-foot wide concrete path that provides safe, non-motorized access to the most highly used areas of the park, opened in Fall 2015. FLATS and Missouri State Parks partnered to design, fund, and construct Phase 1.

FLATS is working with the City of Kirksville to develop the downtown connection along the north side of  West Washington Street.

Why Build This Trail?

Kirksville’s proximity to Thousand Hills State Park is an untapped resource. The Forest Lake Area Trail System will provide northeast Missouri residents and businesses with an economic boost and contribute to our overall quality of life.

Users of the Forest Lake Area Trail System will be able to walk, hike, camp, boat, bike, swim, fish, picnic and simply enjoy the outdoors. This trail will be a resource for visitors and residents for generations to come.

Trails promote health and wellness, reduce health care costs, raise property values, and improve quality of life, making communities more attractive for businesses and enjoyable for residents.

Please see our FAQ for more information about the benefits of this trail.

Who Is Involved with FLATS?

The Forest Lake Area Trail System (FLATS) was formed by a group of citizens who volunteer their time and/or money to make this project a reality. FLATS became an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization and elected its first Board of Directors in 2016.

We are working closely with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Thousand Hills State Park, the City of Kirksville, Adair County, Kirksville Rotary, Benton and Associates, Alta Planning and Design, the National Park Service, and the Kirksville community to develop this trail so that it meets the needs of all residents.

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